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house Bill H.R. 1085

Should Leftover Money in House Members’ Office Budgets Go to Deficit Reduction?

Argument in favor

The federal debt is growing on a daily basis, and any leftover money in lawmakers’ office budgets (know as the MRA) that can be reclaimed and used to pay down the debt is badly needed. While the custom is already to put unused MRA funds towards the federal debt, it’d be best to codify this process in order to ensure that it continues and prevent the diversion of MRA funds to other purposes.

Fred's Opinion
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04/07/2019
That or pay back moneys stolen from Social Security!!
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Ken's Opinion
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04/07/2019
Yes and while you’re at it take back the millions of dollars of endless tax breaks for the corporations. This administration is so out of touch with reality. Dump Trump USA.
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Glowurm's Opinion
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04/07/2019
If what Kodiwodi says is true, then we need to change it! Not a bad idea. However, I like the idea of returning the money to the Social Security fund, that was stolen, better! I would, also, like an accounting of how much SS money WAS diverted to other purposes, as well as how much in interest was lost, because of that theft! Then, I want it changed so that they can NEVER TOUCH THE FUND AGAIN. Furthermore, if you did not contribute to the fund, you have no right to receive funds from it! I don’t know if the latter actually happens, but just in case it does...
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Argument opposed

Rather than redirecting leftover MRA money to the federal debt, it’d be better to increase the MRA in order to pay staffers and interns living wages and make working on Capitol Hill accessible to those whose families don’t have the means to subsidize subpar wages. Additionally, the appropriations process already includes a provision requiring unused MRA money to go towards servicing the federal debt.

Michael's Opinion
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04/07/2019
It should go to social security to replace what has been taken from it by our government.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/07/2019
Money can’t be paid back to Social Security out of the General funds. This really is not The problem. If it’s kept to pay staffers higher wages, great. What we really need is to make sure that extra monies in each Departments operational budget is returned without fear that their budget will be cut the following year because they managed to economize this year. This is a huge problem. Since this money cannot be rolled forward to help next years projects, departments spend on needless equipment, Entertainment and lobster dinners. This is the problem that needs to be fixed. And while putting it in Social Security’s Trust fund sounds like a great idea, they are two separate budgets. Excess from Congressional budgets goes to the Treasury Department. Social Security $$ goes to the Trust Fund and in theory at least, never the twain shall meet. Glowurm I am correct. The amount “borrowed” is 2.8 trillion dollars which is sort of ludicrous as there is actually no money in the Trust Fund. It’s all been invested in Special Interest Bonds as required. It was borrowed to fund a war. Commingling the budgets would be a horrible idea as that would give Congress free access to Social Security funds.
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burrkitty's Opinion
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04/07/2019
Poor pocket change. This “use it or lose it” annual budget gluttony is the reason our government departments are AFRAID TO ECONOMIZE. If they could roll over unused funds to the next year, or even save up for several years to fund specific projects, this would be less of a problem. People like to make a stupid comparison to households or businesses budgets and the government budget, and this is one thing that NO-ONE EVER FIXES that doesn’t happen in households or businesses at the end of the year. If you save on groceries that year, you don’t lose your extra money or have your grocery budget slashed. Fix this “use it or lose it” problem and other things will sort themselves out.
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    That or pay back moneys stolen from Social Security!!
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    It should go to social security to replace what has been taken from it by our government.
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    Yes and while you’re at it take back the millions of dollars of endless tax breaks for the corporations. This administration is so out of touch with reality. Dump Trump USA.
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    Money can’t be paid back to Social Security out of the General funds. This really is not The problem. If it’s kept to pay staffers higher wages, great. What we really need is to make sure that extra monies in each Departments operational budget is returned without fear that their budget will be cut the following year because they managed to economize this year. This is a huge problem. Since this money cannot be rolled forward to help next years projects, departments spend on needless equipment, Entertainment and lobster dinners. This is the problem that needs to be fixed. And while putting it in Social Security’s Trust fund sounds like a great idea, they are two separate budgets. Excess from Congressional budgets goes to the Treasury Department. Social Security $$ goes to the Trust Fund and in theory at least, never the twain shall meet. Glowurm I am correct. The amount “borrowed” is 2.8 trillion dollars which is sort of ludicrous as there is actually no money in the Trust Fund. It’s all been invested in Special Interest Bonds as required. It was borrowed to fund a war. Commingling the budgets would be a horrible idea as that would give Congress free access to Social Security funds.
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    Poor pocket change. This “use it or lose it” annual budget gluttony is the reason our government departments are AFRAID TO ECONOMIZE. If they could roll over unused funds to the next year, or even save up for several years to fund specific projects, this would be less of a problem. People like to make a stupid comparison to households or businesses budgets and the government budget, and this is one thing that NO-ONE EVER FIXES that doesn’t happen in households or businesses at the end of the year. If you save on groceries that year, you don’t lose your extra money or have your grocery budget slashed. Fix this “use it or lose it” problem and other things will sort themselves out.
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    If what Kodiwodi says is true, then we need to change it! Not a bad idea. However, I like the idea of returning the money to the Social Security fund, that was stolen, better! I would, also, like an accounting of how much SS money WAS diverted to other purposes, as well as how much in interest was lost, because of that theft! Then, I want it changed so that they can NEVER TOUCH THE FUND AGAIN. Furthermore, if you did not contribute to the fund, you have no right to receive funds from it! I don’t know if the latter actually happens, but just in case it does...
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    I'm with AOC on this. It's a disgrace that congressional staff is paid subpar wages while Congress is well paid. Any amount leftover in the funds at the end of the year would not be enough to make a significant change in the debt. If Republicans are serious about reducing the debt then they can start by reinstating reasonable tax rates on the top 1% and large corporations who no longer pay taxes.
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    “LESCO” House Bill H.R. 1085 AKA the Give it Back to the Taxpayers Act I’m in STRONG support of and recommend the passage of the “LESCO”House Bill H.R. 1085 AKA the “Give it Back to the Taxpayers Act” — would require that any money left in Members’ Representational Allowances (MRA) at the end of each fiscal year be deposited in the Treasury to be used for deficit reduction or reducing the federal debt. The federal debt is growing on a daily basis, and any leftover money in lawmakers’ office budgets (know as the MRA) that can be reclaimed and used to pay down the debt is badly needed. While the custom is already to put unused MRA funds towards the federal debt, it’d be best to codify this process in order to ensure that it continues and prevent the diversion of MRA funds to other purposes. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻LESKO👍🏻👍🏻. 4*7*19..........
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    I totally agree with others here; the money should go to our anorexic Social Security accounts. In addressing the House/Senate staffers, I believe there is a great waste of monies from representatives who use their money in their budgets to increase their standing on the political stage, i.e., publicists, PR agencies, etc. Stop trying to blare your own horns and pay your staffers what they deserve!
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    The amount of money that the Treasury actually gets back for deficit reduction is probably peanuts compared to what the actual deficit is. And sending some of the money back from MRA is already standard practice. Instead, this money should be used to pay staffers so that they can actually afford to live in DC where they work! Also, I’ve got a good idea how to pay down the debt: reverse the Trump tax cuts, the Bush tax cuts, raise taxes on the wealthy overall, and make corporations pay their fair share!
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    WOW! Who would think of this simple solution in this complex political world? Then there are some wishing to build a WALL while others are trying to build the national DEBT.
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    Every last dollar from not only the house but senate to.
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    Instead of using it for unnecessary items return the money to repay deficit.
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    🧨How about we simply eliminate their “allowance” all together? They are not 6. Congressional leaders and they make a good salary AND THEY HAVE HEALTH CARE. In fact, maybe it would be more fiscally prudent to make them a 1099 Contract employee with a 2 year contract⁉️Then they taxpayers don’t have to fund their healthcare. 💰Congressional leaders can fund their own career advancement. Same as the rest of the taxpayers do.
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    Giving back budget money that goes unspent to reduce the deficit only makes sense.
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    No brainer. If all agencies did this we would save so much on interest? I’m sure this would put a dent in the deficit.
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    That’s how you run a business. If you have a surplus you don’t just get to spend it just because you want the same amount less year. The idea is to become efficient. Thank god I don’t run my business this way or I’d be broke.
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    Great idea. Or better put it in the Social Security fund.
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    Do we really need to micromanage our legislators in this way? They are required by law to report regularly on how those funds are spent. That’s good enough for me!
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    If the money is left over, where does it go? Any money put into this account raises the deficit! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could reduce the deficit a little bit at years end? I know my representatives would have no problems with this!
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